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CHARBONNEAU – COVID-19 is more costly to humanity than climate change

THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC has changed the way I regard climate change. Don’t get me wrong: climate change is real and it’s man-made. But it is not the “the greatest threat to humanity” that I once characterized it.

The greatest threats to humanity are the pandemics caused by our violation of the natural world of animals. As we recklessly tear nature apart, we reap the whirlwind of its viral bounty.

World leaders have exploited our fears of climate change. The World Health Organization famously called climate change the “greatest threat to global health in the 21st century.” Leaders of the richest nations gathered in Davos this January and declared that climate accounted for all the long-term biggest risks to the world.

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David Charbonneau is a retired TRU electronics instructor who hosts a blog at http://www.eyeviewkamloops.wordpress.com.

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